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    Hi guys, I think i may have a problem, whene i hooked up my boat battery there was an arc at the post whene the second cable was connected all switches wer off.It's been a week since battery has been in boat and it seems to be full charge, is this normal? thanks J,C,

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    Re: arcing battery post

    No, definately not normal, unless...you reversed the polarity. Happened to me once.
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      Re: arcing battery post

      An arc when connecting the second bat terminal [-] is normal, but doesn't always happen.See similar thread with more info here: http://www.iboats.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ul...;f=27;t=002154

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      • #4
        Re: arcing battery post

        If you have a clock, radio with memory, automatic bilge pump, any of those may draw power when you made the connection.

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        • #5
          Re: arcing battery post

          Thanks a lot guys for the reply. this set up is on a single battery setup,does this make a diference? J C.

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          • #6
            Re: arcing battery post

            thank upinsmoke. yes i have a cd player with memory and clock. J C.

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              Re: arcing battery post

              They don't draw much power but you would notice a little arc. If the arc is more substantial, listen for the bilge pump. If its running, the float switch may be stuck.

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